These 18 INSANELY haunted places around the world will make your skin crawl

I got goosebumps just reading about some of these *shudders*

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  • These 18 haunted places are just what the doctor ordered for thrill seekers. If you are up for a heart-pounding, terrifying, and spine-tingling adventure, consider visiting one of these spooky destinations.

  • 1. The "Land of Oz" theme park, North Carolina

  • Abandoned Wizard of Oz theme park on top of a mountain? Yes, please. (Today was the best day.) 🌈

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  • You will definitely not be in Kansas anymore when you visit this abandoned theme park.

  • The "Land of Oz" theme park opened in 1970, but it unfortunately only functioned for a few years before permanently closing its doors 35 years ago. It opens once a year in the autumn for tourists and photographers to discover and capture the eerie setting. A large section of the park remains charred by a mysterious past fire, and unsettling fog often covers most of the park due to its mountaintop location.

  • 2. Vaults, Edinburgh

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  • Underneath Edinburgh's South Bridge, there are multiple chambers with a dreary back story. Completed in the mid-1700s, smugglers used these vaults to store illict materials. It was also a notorious site for body smugglers for many years. These vaults with their unsettling stories hold the reputation of being the most haunted places in Britain. Spooky.

  • 3. Marboro Psychiatric Hospital, New Jersey

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  • This psychiatric hospital operated for a short time between 1931 and 1998. The hospital was notorious for strange and unexplainable situations regarding the hospital patients. Patients often went missing or died in multiple unnerving ways. The property is even more eerie with the cemetery where the patients were buried right across the street.

  • 4. Crescent Hotel, Arkansas

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  • The Crescent hotel was once a hospital before being transformed into a hotel in 1939. It is one of the most haunted hotels in America. There is an area above what was once the hospital morgue where numerous guests have fainted. A popular spot for paranormal investigators, the hotel offers frequent "ghost tours" for thrill seeking guests. They are famous for being immensely unnerving.

  • 5. Cecil Hotel, Los Angeles, California

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  • This hotel in downdown L.A. is famous for unresolved and unexplained deaths and murders. Some believe those who died never truly left. What makes it even more spooky is the fact that it is smack dab in the middle of a decrepit and unpromising commmunity.

  • 6. Island of Dolls, Mexico

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  • Rumor has it that a man moved to this small island off the coast of Mexico only to find that out it was haunted by a little girl who had drowned there many years before. He ended up buying countless dolls and hung them from the trees in her memory. The man passed away years later, but the dolls still remain and their blank stares make travelers uneasy.

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  • 7. Pripyat, Ukraine

  • Abandoned kindergarten in the town of #Pripyat in the #Chernobyl Nuclear Exclusion Zone.

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  • Pripyat was once a charming little city that housed a small amusement park, but in 1986, due to a leaking nuclear reactor, the entire population quickly evacuated and left all they had behind to avoid the nuclear radiation. Everything still stands exactly as it was left so many years ago.

  • 8. Craco, Italy

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  • This medieval town located on an Italian hilltop town dates back to about the year 1000. It has long since been abandoned, but tourists continue to flock to this ghost-town that's stuck in the middle ages.

  • 9. Osperedale Psichiatrico di Volterra, Italy

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  • This abandoned insane asylum once housed over 6,000 mental patients. Many patients who went in were never seen again, so this unsettling hospital was known simply as "the place of no return."

  • 10. Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach California

  • #queenmaryhotel #queenmary #ship #longbeach

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  • The Queen Mary Hotel is a stationary ocean liner in California. There are numerous accounts of paranormal activity both from visitors and investigators. There are many unnerving legends involving a dead sailor and a lady in white clothing who appears at night. The hotel holds famous ghost tours.

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  • 11. Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Massachusetts

  • Lizzie Borden was a girl living in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1892. She's famous for killing both of her parents in their house, being tried in court, and, despite all the evidence against her, walking away free. Guests can stay overnight in any of the large bedrooms. They have described the entire property having a creepy and spine-tingling feeling.

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  • 12. Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, California

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  • The ghost of Marilyn Monroe and other famous celebrites are said to haunt this famous hotel. There are notorious cold areas, pianos that play without anyone touching them and doors that lock on their own.

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  • 13. Salem, Massachusetts

  • Tourist in Salem today 🔮 @salemwitchmuseum #salemwitchtrials #salemwitchmuseum #witches #tourist #museum #exploring

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  • This town is famous for one thing: The Salem Witch Trials. These famous trials occured in the late 1600s. Multiple people were falsey accused of witchcraft and sentenced to death. There is a memorial at the park where the "witches" were hanged, along with a museum that tourists flock to.

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  • 14. Glasglow Necropolis, United Kingdom

  • #glasglownecropolis #Glasgow #necropolis #cemetery #Scotland #lurid #terrifying

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  • Known as "the city of the dead," Glasgow Necropolis is a Victorian graveyard that houses eerie myths involving bodiless voices and reoccuring mist. This site is also famous because of a vampire constantly seen on the grounds in the 1950s.

  • 15. Chateau de Noisy, Belgium

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  • This castle was completed in 1866 and now sits in decay after serving as summer camp housing in 1950. It became too expensive to maintain, and is now a popular site for urban explorers.

  • 16. Tower of London, United Kingdom

  • Tower of London- London, England 🇬🇧

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  • The most haunted building in Britain, this tower functioned as both housing for royalty and countless beheadings. The ghosts of Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, and the mysterious two princes believed to have been murdered by their uncle, King Richard III, supposedly haunt this place.

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  • 17. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentuky

  • Famous for being the most haunted building in America, this sanatorium housed thousands of turburculosis patients for many years. Records show over 9,000 deaths on this property and many paranormal experts suggest multiple spirits still roam the grounds because of their lack of closure. There are many haunted tours that take place within the walls and people travel from all over the world to explore the building's creepy atmosphere.

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  • 18. Aokigahara Forest, Japan

  • The "Sea of Trees" is infamous for the amount of suicides that occur each year within the depths of the forest. Japanese folklore describes this entire area on the side of Mount Fuji as being haunted by "Yokai," which are evil japanese spirits.

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Chakell Wardleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spends her days silently (mostly) correcting others' grammar. She adores all things nerd, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, and anything else that whisks her away from reality. She currently works as an editor for the FamilyShare team. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, laughing too loudly, or belting out songs from Hamilton.

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